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Retirement properties are usually designed and built by specialist housebuilders such as McCarthy & Stone, Renaissance and Churchill. The properties are designed specifically to allow older people to live their lives without worrying about maintaining a large home or remodelling for mobility and safety, and to enable independent living well into later life.

Retirement living developments are designed for the over 55’s and are less about managing old age and more about enabling a more carefree lifestyle.  Extra support developments (often called Retirement Living Plus, or Assisted Living) provide independent living for the over 70’s who may need additional care.

Retirement properties built within the last 5-10 years tend to be much more modern and often luxurious. They are built to a high specification and with the needs of older people in mind. They are usually 1 or 2 bedrooms and may have up to 3 bathrooms. Often bathrooms have both shower and bath and may include a wet-room. The apartments are serviced with lifts and stairs to all floors.

Inside, the layouts vary but there is typically a large hallway leading to the kitchen, lounge, bedroom and bathroom's. Storage is thoughtfully incorporated. Many apartments have Juliet balconies, walk-out balconies or private patio areas. All apartments are fitted with mobility features and have an intercom system on the front door.

All the developments have their own house manager who is responsible for the day to day running of the development and looking after the home owners. In extra support sites there is normally a member of staff on the premises 24/7.  Standard retirement living style apartments usually have a communal lounge, laundry room, guest suite and beautiful landscaped gardens. Some also have a scooter storage room, an on-site restaurant and other facilities such as roof terrace, swimming pool, wellness suite or gym. 

One of the main benefits of living on one of these developments is the community spirit, feeling safe and secure and being around liked-minded people whenever you feel like socialising.

The properties for sale are sold on a Leasehold basis and a service charge is payable which includes the cost of providing a property manager, the security systems, repair and up-keep of the grounds, heating, lighting and electricity in the apartment and communal areas such as laundry room, water rates and buildings insurance. The benefit of this is that you don’t have to worry about having to pay lots of bills. You should speak to individual housebuilders to get a list of what is included in the service charge of each development.

Retirement Move are an independent national estate agency with retirement properties for sale across the UK. You can view our full list of retirement apartments to find one that’s right for you, or you can call our friendly team on: 0800 080 3303.

NB: facilities at all developments/apartments may vary.

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